Melanie DeSylva

Registered Dietitian

Please note that Melanie will be on maternity leave from November 1st, 2023 to April 30th, 2024. Please contact the Front Desk to be added to her waitlist for booking upon her return.

Melanie is a University of British Columbia graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health, majoring in Dietetics. She is a member in good standing with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. Melanie currently works as both a clinical dietitian and private practice dietitian in the Greater Vancouver area. As such, she is well versed in nutrition care for chronic disease prevention and management, as well as general health promotion.

Regardless of where she provides care, Melanie approaches nutrition counseling with a holistic mindset; keeping in mind that food is much more than just fuel. She realizes that food is culture, it is creation, it is social and sometimes it is comfort.

Melanie translates evidence-based nutrition recommendations into practical eating strategies to help people turn their nutrition goals into sustainable changes. She has an ‘anti diet’ approach to dietetics and instead focuses on healthy relationships with all foods and honouring your internal body cues.


Frequently Asked Questions About Dietitians


Who Are Dietitians?

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are qualified nutrition professionals – they are university educated & are required to pass a registration exam to prove their ability to practice. RDs are a regulated profession – they must meet & maintain provincial registration requirements.

What Do Dietitians Do?

RDs translate complex scientific evidence into dietary strategies – nutrition recommendations provided by a Dietitian will be evidence-based, ethical & practical. Dietitians promote health through food & healthy relationships with food

How Can Dietitians Help You?

A Dietitian can help people:

  • Build a better relationship with food, improve their diet quality & nutritional health
  • Prevent or manage chronic conditions such as:
    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
  • Manage digestive concerns & improve their gut health
  • Navigate food allergies, intolerances & sensitivities
  • Improve their body’s ability to heal itself after injury or surgery
  • Meal plan to prevent food waste & save money

Why Work With a Dietitian?

  • A Dietitian will individualise care to meet your specific needs – lifestyle, culture & budget considered.
  • Eating well can help decrease your risk &/or manage high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes & other chronic conditions.
  • Many extended health care plans cover the costs of Registered Dietitian services.

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